Gameday: Lakers 98, Grizzlies 106

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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 18 31 21 28 98
Play by Play Memphis Grizzlies 34 22 26 24 106

Grizzlies' NBA's best again, beat Lakers 106-98


Posted Nov 23 2012 10:58PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Rudy Gay scored 21 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-98 on Friday night to take back the NBA's best record for themselves once again.

The Grizzlies improved to 9-2 by taking the lead over the Lakers in the first quarter and never letting go. Zach Randolph had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 14 points and eight assists. Mike Conley scored 19 and Tony Allen finished with 12.

The Lakers, playing their third road game in four nights, now have lost all four road games this season and their second straight with new coach Mike D'Antoni on the bench. Kobe Bryant scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. Metta World Peace and Antawn Jamison each had 16.

Randolph and Marc Gasol outscored Howard and Pau Gasol while helping Memphis outrebound the Lakers 39-28, including 13 offensive boards. That led to a 40-24 scoring edge in the paint as well. Pau, who missed five of his first six shots, did not play in the final period.

Memphis bounced back after a 97-92 loss to Denver on Monday night snapped its eight-game winning streak. This win also came with one of the Grizzlies' new co-owners sitting at mid-court.

Musician and actor Justin Timberlake joined the Grizzlies at their shootaround, then spent the first half of the game at mid-court with his wife, actress Jessica Biel. Wearing a blue and white Memphis hat, Timberlake stood up after the first quarter and danced along with the Grizzlies' Grannies and Grandpas, though he stayed at his seat.

The Grizzlies outscored the Lakers 34-18 in the first quarter and 26-21 in the third while leading by as much as 16.

Jamison threw up a shot that beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter, then hit a 3 to open the fourth. With the Grizzlies doubling down to defend Howard in the paint, that left his teammates open. Jodie Meeks hit back-to-back 3s, then Howard had the assist when he found Chris Duhon for another 3.

Bryant hit a 3 with 5:26 left to get the Lakers within five. Memphis then brought Allen back in to defend Bryant, and Randolph hit a free throw to help Memphis finish off the win.

The Lakers' reserves helped start the second quarter with a 15-2 run to close to 36-33 on Howard's dunk with 7:05 left.

NOTES: Grizzlies F Darrell Arthur made his debut with 25.6 seconds left in the first half. Arthur missed last season after tearing an Achilles tendon, and he broke a bone in his leg in September. He wound up playing almost eight minutes and hit his only shot. ... The Lakers went 20 of 24 at the free throw line, with Bryant hitting 13 of 14 after struggling at the line in a 113-97 loss at Sacramento on Wednesday night. ... The Lakers had won seven of their last 10 trips to Memphis.

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Points Bryant, 30
Rebounds Randolph (MEM), 12
Assists Gasol (MEM), 8
Steals Conley (MEM), 4
Blocks Howard, 4


Mike D'Antoni:

On the game:
“They got too many points in the paint. We didn’t battle hard enough in stretches. I did think there was some good, positive stuff. Antawn Jamison was at the four and battled hard. That was good. That opened it up a little bit and we got some three-pointers. Now we just have to get some points in the paint. We haven’t been getting the ball and finishing.”

On how to stop teams in the paint:
“We have got to battle. There were just too many second-chance points and too many pick-and-rolls. We weren’t aggressive. We have to get in a little better shape. We are going to start running more. I think it was a little bit better today. Guys have got to be used to this pace. It may take a little bit, but we are going to run up and down. If you can’t run up and down and play then we will have to find guys that will.”

On the team:
“They are in the phase of trying to figure things out. We don’t have a nice rhythm. Especially at the beginning of the game we did not. We have just got to do a better job. The Grizzlies are a good team. They play well, so we have to give them credit. At the same time, we have to play as certain way and buck up a little bit. To beat a team on the road like this, you have to play every possession hard, and I don’t think we are there yet.”

On Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol:
“We need to figure that one out. I think Pau was off on his shot which didn’t open things up and then they would collapse. We did get a lot of threes because they were collapsing on Dwight, so you have to give and take a little bit. Again, we just need more thrust and more energy. Offense is all about rhythm. We had some sometimes but we have got to maintain the rhythm of the game, and we are not there yet.”

On Antawn Jamison:
“He went off. That is what will happen. When you give guys a chance in this league to earn a spot and earn some minutes, that is what happens.”

On what to improve:
“It is always a combo. We are going to do things offensively. I thought there were spurts that were good. We battled and caused some turnovers. We had a good third quarter, but we just can’t sustain for 48 minutes right now.”

On the Grizzlies:
“They are a good team. They are going to make some shots. There are just little things that we didn’t do. We didn’t trap the pick-and-roll. We have just got to be proactive. We would chip away and they would get a second-chance point. We have just got to do a better job.”

Antawn Jamison:

On the game:
“It’s difficult, especially on the road, to always play from behind. It seems like for the full 48 minutes we were playing catch up. That team over there (Grizzlies) are too good of a team to do that. We put ourselves in a position to get a run going or get back into it and then not communicating and committing turnovers at the wrong time. I think those things contribute to us never really getting an opportunity to take over the game and win it.”

On the team’s defense:
“On a bad night, we are so talented offensively that we still can get close to one hundred points. In order for us to win, which is our ultimate goal, we have to play consistent defense and right now we’re not doing that. We have to understand no matter who we play they are going to bring their A game. They are going to try to outscore us and they are going to play great defense against us. We just have to do a better job as far as having each other’s back and communicating at the opportune time.”

Darius Morris:

On cutting into the Grizzlies lead:
“We had a stretch when we had unique lineup out there. We moved the ball pretty well and made shots. We got stops more importantly. We were down well over double-digits so it was getting those stops.”

On the Grizzlies:
“I think their frontcourt does a great job of crashing the board. Their small forwards are also really aggressive on the boards, even their subs. That was a big key. They got a lot of second chance opportunities. They wore us down on defense and we got a little tired. Whenever you get tired more fouls are more prone to happen.”

Pau Gasol:

On the Grizzlies:
“They had a better game overall than we did. They were able to move the ball well and pick us apart at times. They got into the heart of our defense way too many times. That hurt us. That put all the big guys in foul trouble. They had (Zach) Randolph and Marc (Gasol) going to the glass. There are some adjustments that we are going to have to make. We must tighten up at least.”

On his play:
“Most of the looks I am getting are jump shots. I would like to see something closer to the basket and not just by rolling when Dwight (Howard) is there. We will figure it out. We are just starting.”

“I will try to play better next game so I can stay on the court a little longer.”

Kobe Bryant:

On Pau Gasol:
“He just missed some of the shots that he normally makes. He is getting great looks. They just haven’t fallen for him.”

“It is still a work in progress as far as trying to figure out what we’re doing. We are trying to figure out a balance of when we want to attack. Getting up and down is obviously a big part of it which we are still trying to work on. It is a balance. If he feels like he needs more touches then we will give him some.”

On Tony Allen:
“I love Tony. I think the world of him. We have had a lot of battles in the past, sometimes I have gotten the best of him and sometimes he has gotten the best of me. I love going against him. He is a phenomenal player.”

Dwight Howard:

On the team:
“We have just got to find ways to win. We have got to all get healthy. We’ve just got to keep pushing.”

“We have got to find ways to win games now. We have got to get everybody involved. When we do, we win.”

Lionel Hollins:

On the starters:
I think our guys have been playing well all season. We just got back to it. We did a nice job in the first quarter jumping out 34-18. Then part of the problem with the second unit was matchups. Kobe [Bryant] is out there for many, many [minutes] as he is. We only had one of a couple of people on him. We used JB on him just for a second. We used Rudy [Gay] on him, but we wanted to keep Tony [Allen] and Q [Quincy Pondexter] on him as much as possible and try to wear him down. I don’t think we did. He still had 30 points but he was 7-for-23 which was huge and us having a victory. They have a lot of size with Metta World Peace and Kobe [Bryant], and they keep one or two of those guys in the game. So our small people did get much of an opportunity to play.”

On having practice on Thanksgiving before tonight’s game:
“We executed the play very well. Of course you still have to knock it down and Danny did. Timmy set a great screen. It worked out for us."

On Lakers three point shooting:
“Well I thought that was the only way with us turning the ball over, fouling and threes, and we didn’t turn the ball over at that point. I thought down the stretch we were very poised, and we got to the foul line ourselves. We had a pretty good game. We held them to two offensive rebounds in the second half. We outrebounded them by 11 in the second half, and they only had four points in the paint in the second half, so obviously they shot the ball from the three. That’s why they were trying to get the ball, but keeping them out of the paint kept them off the free throw line. Other than Kobe [Bryant], they didn’t get to the free throw line. Metta World Peace had four in the first half and didn’t shoot any in the second half. Dwight [Howard] had a couple in the second half because we whacked him before he could score. We were very poised in the second half. We came out strong in the third quarter. It was important after the start to the game that we didn’t want them to get all the way back in the game. We wanted it to just be a dog fight. We wanted to make them play from behind. We had 24 deflections which was huge. We took four charges in the second half alone, and they were huge charges because they had numbers. They ran over us. We just did our little thing.”

On going with a huge line up with Darrel Arthur, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay:
“We were just trying to buy time. We had guys in foul trouble. I wasn’t trying to set a trend or anything. I was just trying to buy time. We even had JB [Jerryd Bayless] guarding Kobe [Bryant], but I knew they were going to post him. So, I put Rudy [Gay] on him, and they just drove by him. At that point, it was only a certain amount of seconds in the half. We just wanted to keep Tony from getting a third foul, and we didn’t want Quincy to get a third foul. So I just left them on the bench.”

On team playing unselfish basketball:
“I have said from the beginning that that’s been the thing that I have been most impressed even in training camp, they have been committed to each other. They are playing together. They talk a lot to each other. The spirit and camaraderie is so much better than it has been since I have been here. It is just their individual maturity and their individual commitment to each other.”

On Marc Gasol getting more assists this year:
“Guys are making more shots. You can’t get assists if guys don’t make shots. I think we are doing the same as we have in the past, but we have more guys out there making shots, and that helps.”

Marc Gasol:

On Mike Conley:
“I think he did a great job of saving it, he had everybody else involved. I mean, even when he was comfortable with those shots, he was open. It pretty much was a couple of free throws for him.”

On upcoming games:
“They play real hard. Those guys may not have played great so far but they play real hard and you have to match their intensity. They might not have the experience and the talent level than the other team has but their young, they run, they play real hard and we’re going to have to match that in order to win. We’ll always remember that. Trust me, it wasn’t too long ago that we were one of those teams and we were a young team trying to play and those teams are trying to do the same now.”

Mike Conley:

On balanced scoring:
“It’s very good when we have so many guys scoring, so many guys able to score. We want it to happen every night but we know didn’t nights, we may have different guys. When we’re all clicking we’re a tough team.”

On Kobe Bryant:
“You just have to put your best defender on him and have as much help defense as you can, make him take tough shots down the stretch, and try to keep him off the foul line. I thought we did a pretty decent job that, I mean, we did enough of it to win.”

On closing out games:
“I think it’s very dangerous to have so many different options. We have so many games, a lot of games. Some nights it’s Marc Gasol’s night, some nights it’s Rudy Gay’s night. You never know who’s going to step up and it’s hard to scheme for that and prepare for that when you have so many guys who can come up big at the end.”

On keeping the momentum:
“It’s very important. Playing against teams that are at the top and playing against teams that are at the bottom, there’s no difference. They all play hard. We just have to treat them all the same. Come out and play our kind of basketball and just play hard.”

On quick start:
“It’s very important to get a big lead against a good team. You can get a little bit of a comfort level there and try to maintain it throughout the game. You know they’re going to make a run and try to make it back in the game so it was just good to see that we started off good tonight against a very good team.”

Darrell Arthur:

On performance:
“I feel great. It felt even better we got the win. I felt good out there. I thought we played well, I thought we did our principles down to the T. We only gave up two offensive rebounds in the second half.”

On returning to action:
“My body felt well, I had about two or three weeks of practice. I felt good, I felt ready to go. I’ve been ready, sitting out through training camp. I was anxious to get back out there and I feel well. I was excited when coach called me in, I didn’t think I was going to get in honestly but he gave me a chance and I felt great.”

On defense:
“I thought we played our principles well. Coach told us we had to keep them out of the paint. Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard like to do that little step-up lob pass and I thought we did well with that. We didn’t give them any alley-oops and I thought we played them well outside of the paint. I think Antawn Jamison came in and gave them a spark off of the bench, but for the most part we did pretty good.”



Posted Nov 22 2012 4:44PM

The honeymoon period for Mike D'Antoni and the Los Angeles Lakers may already be over.

They could have a tough time avoiding a second consecutive loss Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, visiting the Western Conference's top team after a poor performance against the worst.

Los Angeles (6-6) won its first three games after D'Antoni joined the team last Thursday, a few days after being hired to replace Mike Brown. His ongoing recovery from knee replacement surgery delayed his arrival as well as his debut on the Lakers bench, which finally came Tuesday in a 95-90 home win over

Brooklyn. Things didn't go nearly as well the following night even though Los Angeles was playing a Sacramento team which entered with a 2-8 record. The Lakers committed 20 turnovers and allowed a season-worst 54.3 percent shooting in a 113-97 defeat.

"I think you always have a little bit of shock when a guy comes in new, and so you start off all like puppies out there," D'Antoni said of the team's turnaround after he took over. "Now it's back to reality a little bit."

While D'Antoni remains on crutches, it was his star big men who appeared to have trouble moving well Friday in his up-tempo offense.

Dwight Howard had only four field-goal attempts in 41 minutes, finishing with seven points and nine rebounds following a stretch of five straight double-doubles. Pau Gasol had eight points and shot 3 for 10 as the Lakers fell to 0-4 when he fails to score more than 10.

"It seemed like we were a little lethargic for whatever reason," said Kobe Bryant, one of the few bright spots with 38 points as he shot 11 for 20. "We just have to push through it, particularly the second unit, especially while Dwight is in there. You don't have to go to as many pick-and-rolls, really, just dump the ball down to him and let him operate."

It could be tough for Howard to operate effectively against a talented Memphis frontcourt led by Zach Randolph and Gasol's baby brother, Marc. That duo is a major reason Memphis (8-2) is the surprise conference leader.

Randolph has recorded a double-double in every game but scored a season-low 12 on Monday as the Grizzlies had an eight-game winning streak snapped with a 97-92 home loss to Denver. Memphis hadn't been outrebounded by more than two in any game this season before the Nuggets finished with a 47-33 advantage.

"We have to play hard to win games," said the 7-foot-1 Marc Gasol, who had 16 points but only six boards. "We are not that good to just come out and be casual, make a shot, don't run back and don't rebound because we are not that good."

The Grizzlies had won their previous 15 regular-season home games. One of only five visiting teams to win in Memphis last season was Los Angeles, 116-111 in double overtime March 13.

However, the Lakers join Washington and Sacramento as the only teams without a road win this season at 0-3. Los Angeles, allowing an average of 108.0 points away from home, hasn't started with four consecutive road losses since 1995.

Bryant averaged 30.0 points as the Lakers won these teams' first two matchups last season, then was held to 18 in a 102-96 home loss to the Grizzlies on March 25 in the most recent meeting. Randolph played that game after missing both losses due to injury.

The Lakers are 0-5 this season when Bryant has fewer than five assists.

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Probable Starters .
  #15 World Peace SF #22 Gay  
  #16 GasolPF #50 Randolph  
  #12 Howard C #33 Gasol  
  #24 Bryant SG #9 Allen  
  #1 Morris PG #11 Conley  

Lakers Steve Blake
(abdominal strain) is day-to-day.
Kobe Bryant
(strained & bruised right foot) is probable.
Jordan Hill
(herniated disc/sprained right wrist) is probable.
Steve Nash
(non-displaced fracture, left leg) is out.

Grizzlies Darrell Arthur
(non‐displaced fracture, left fibula) is day-to-day.
Tony Wroten
(personal reasons) is not with team.

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04/05 - MEM @ SAC

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